Working to keep your body strong, healthy and active should be a top priority in everyone’s lives, as it is the best way to prevent disease and protect yourself against injury. It doesn’t matter how old you are, if you’re male or female or whether you wish to be an Olympic champion or just shed a few pounds. Having your own personal trainer will not only keep you on track, they will also help you achieve your goals faster!
There are many ways in which hiring your own personal trainer will help elevate your fitness, such as providing one on one training, motivation, safety direction, diet advice, positive reinforcement, health and fitness education, as well as their ability to help push you to improve on your own personal best!
Personal Perspective: One of the great things about having your own personal trainer is that they get to know you, what your goals are as well as your strengths and perhaps the areas you could work on. Because of this they can specially tailor a workout regime to suit your requirements and continue to adapt and adjust it as you become fitter and stronger, to help ensure that you are always progressing towards your goals. They will also be able to advise you against practices that may not be beneficial for you, depending on any pre-existing health conditions.
Motivation: Sometimes exercising is the very last thing we want to be doing. Yet ironically exercise can often be just what you need to pick you up and get you buzzing with energy. This is because exercising gets your heart rate up and your muscles pumping which works to increase the level of endorphins in your body, which are your own natural happy chemicals! Exercise also works to reduce the level of stress hormones in your body such as cortisol. High levels of cortisol contribute to excess abdominal fat, decreased immunity and the breakdown of muscle and bone. So getting up and at it will not only make you feel energised, it will also improve your overall quality of life.
If you don’t want to improve upon your current level of fitness, or achieve your fitness goals, then don’t bother hiring a personal trainer. They will not only be encouraging you to attend all your training sessions and to continue with exercise outside of session time, they are also going to make you accountable for trying to skip them! A common tool they use is documenting your progress on a chart or record. This allows you to see your progression, perhaps even noticing weeks where you may have been a little slack, and helps motivate you to stay on track.
Prevent Injury: Another important reason why hiring a personal trainer will help you elevate your fitness level is the simple fact that they are a trained professional and they know what they are doing. This means that they have studied and trained in the correct and safe way to participate in specific exercise techniques, so that they can help guide you in the correct form and technique to help prevent you from injuring yourself.
Encourage Healthy Eating Habits: Being fit and healthy is not just about exercise, what you eat and drink also plays an important role. Many people are led astray thinking that if food products say ‘low fat’ or ‘diet’ that they must be good for you, however the truth is that often they are not. A qualified fitness instructor will be able to sit down with you and go over the list of foods you eat on a regular basis and talk with you about how you can improve your diet. Eating healthy is important to maintain a healthy body, but it is also important for fuelling your body with energy. If you are not eating the right foods, you may not be getting the energy needed to pursue your fitness goals, or alternatively you may be consuming too much energy which will ends up being stored as fat.
Introduce New Ideas: If you are already into fitness, then you may find that you often stick to the same kinds of exercises and workouts. Your personal trainer will give you a whole new perspective on health and fitness and likely be able to introduce you to some new exercises that will help you achieve your fitness goals and keep you moving forward.
Positive reinforcement: Having someone support you on your journey to a fitter and healthier you is not only encouraging, it also help keep things in perspective. Especially when they are the ones seeing just how much effort you are putting into your health. Your personal trainer will be able to provide you with genuine, non-judgemental encouragement and support which will help you as you progress towards your fitness goals.
Keep You Moving Forwards: Training to increase your fitness isn’t just about turning up to a workout session; it is about gradually increasing your strength and stamina whilst working on toning your whole body. In order to do this, you need to be pushing yourself to improve. This means gradually aiming for more reps, stronger weights, longer runs and faster times. Your personal trainer will not only get to know what you can do, they will also know what you are capable of achieving and will keep encouraging you to reach for your goals.
Learn About Your Body: Another benefit of having your own personal trainer is that they come with their own built in knowledge of anatomy and physiology. As they teach you about different exercises, and how they will benefit you, you will also be learning about your body and the mechanics of how it works. Learning about your body helps you to better understand the importance of keeping active and fit, as well as makes the fitness journey that much more interesting and enjoyable. With your own personal trainer you will have a savvy person on hand for any of your fitness based questions!